Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Hosea 8:11 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Hosea 8:11

“Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings, these have become altars for sinning.”

 

It would be easy to look at this verse and think, “How could the Israelites do this? How could they take something that God gave them as a blessing and pervert it?” But before we go judging too harshly or too quickly, we must remember that we fall into that same trap sometimes. These altars were meant to be a place of atonement, reverence, and remembrance, a place of closeness to God. This was meant to be intimate and personal between God and His people. Yet they took that and perverted it.

 

Now think about our culture, and we don’t have altars per se, but we do have other gifts He has given us that we pervert and turn into pitfalls and traps. The one the Holy Spirit brought to my mind is sex. Sex is a gift from God, a gift given to a husband (male) and wife (female), a gift to be enjoyed explicitly in the covenant of marriage. A gift to bring closeness, unity, children, a new depth of love and intimacy between two people and with God as well. “Be fruitful and multiply” was a command God gave Adam and Eve, and He never revoked that command. So, to obey His command is pleasing and an act of worship, but to take it outside of the context of marriage is to pervert the beautiful blessing that He gave us and turn it into a curse. There are many more examples than this one, but this is one I have walked through myself and felt led to share.

 

My prayer today is that we can take the entire Word of God, examine our lives against it, and whatever doesn’t line up in our lives has to go. That we would listen and not ignore the perfect Word of God that brings life to those who believe and follow what it says.

 

Proverbs 4:20-23 - My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight; keep them within your heart, for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our Risen King, and the Holy Spirit who leads us in truth if we are willing to follow!

 

 

 

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